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Vimshottari Dasha Prediction and Mahadasha Calculation

What is Vimshottari Dasha

Updated Date : Monday, 29 Jun, 2020 10:34 AM

Dasha is a Sanskrit word that means a certain period ruled by a certain planet. To understand what Vimshottari Dasha is, we need to understand a particular dasha or planetary period which indicates either a good or a bad time ahead, based on your Zodiac, and the influence of that particular planet on your Zodiac sign.

What is Vimshottari Dasha?

The Dasha System is a unique directional astrological system and is found in no other astrological system in the whole world. Rishi Parashar, the sage who is said to have written the first Puran, the Vishnu Puran, is accredited to be the first sage to have designed the Dasha system. His son is Vyas Rishi and his grandson is the famous Rishi Vashist.

There are many kinds of Dasha System and Rishi Parashar is accredited for forty two of them. Dasha is a way to assess the influence of a particular planet ruling that period on each of the Zodiac signs.

One amongst these Dasha systems is the Vimshottari Dasha system.

Vimshottari is number 120 and according to the Vimshottari Dasha, the average age of a human is considered to be 120 years.

About Vimshottari Dasha

About Vimshottari Dasha we can say that the average life span for a human according to Vimshottari Dasha calculation is an aggregate duration of 120 years. The total number of years assigned to each planet in a human is,

  1. Ketu: 7 years
  2. Venus: 20 years
  3. Sun: 6 years
  4. Moon: 10 years
  5. Mars: 7 years
  6. Rahu: 18 years
  7. Jupiter: 16 years
  8. Saturn: 19 years
  9. Mercury: 17 years.

However, we are not aware as to why every planet is assigned a different number of years. Calculated time is according to one solar year that is equal to 365.25 days.

To simplify it further, we can try understanding a little bit about the Nakshatras as a whole. There are 27 Nakshatras and each Nakshatra occupies 13 degrees and 20 minutes in your 360 degree orb. Each of these 13 degrees is further divided by four. Each zodiac sign incorporates three Nakshatras.

If your Moon Sign is Virgo, and your Nakshatra is Chitra then your Vimshottari Dasha would begin from Mars and move onto Rahu and so on.

Table to depict the relationship between the planets, Mahadasha and the Lord of Nakshatras.


Mahadasha period

Lord of the Nakshatras


7 years




Venus (Shukra)

20 years


Purva Phalguni

Purva Ashadha

Sun (Aditya)

6 years


Uttara Phalguni

Uttara Ashadh


10 year





7 years





18 years





16 years



Purva Bhadr


19 years



Uttara Bhadra


17 years




The order of subdivision of the Dasha System is known to be in the below order,

Vimshottari Dasha> Antardasha> Pratyantar Dasha> Sookshma Dasha> Praanadasha> Dehadasha.

These parts are the sub divisions of the main Dasha.

Vimshottari Dasha Calculation

In order to better understand the Mahadasha, we need to understand how it is calculated according to the different planetary organization.

Let us understand once a little more precisely about how the Vimshottari Dasha is to be calculated.

If the Moon is placed in Uttara Phalguni, then the person would have to get the Sun’s impacts followed by the other planets in the order mentioned in the table.

The duration of the Dasha depends on the degree at which the Moon is positioned in a particular Nakshatra. The Nakshatra Lords would be responsible for determining the Mahadasha period of a certain planet during the time of birth.

During the time of birth, if Moon is entering a Nakshatra then the native would have to bear the full impact of the Dasha. If the Moon is leaving a Nakshatra at the time of birth, then the native would feel the impact less and also would experience the Mahadasha only for a very brief period of time.

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How to do Vimshottari Prediction?

There is a certain rule that helps in determining the Mahadasha results and consequences. Let us try and understand this particular rule to understand how to do Vimshottari Dasha prediction better.

You can decide upon the auspiciousness or the inauspicious impacts of a certain planet by developing an understanding around the Lagna system.

If your Lagna is Aries, then Saturn’s Mahadasha would be preferable for you.

If your Lagna is Cancer, then Mercury’s Mahadasha is favorable for you.

Thus, in order to check if any of the Mahadasha would be beneficial for you, you need to understand your Lagna system very well.

What does each Mahadasha indicate and impact in your life?

Let us find out what each of the Vimshottari Mahadasha has in store for you.

1) Sun’s Mahadasha (6 years)

When Sun is favorable, or if placed in Trine, Kendra, or in the 11th House, one can become rich in all ways during this time. He or she can have name, fame, and all that is required during this point of time.

If Sun is ill placed, you can actually get into a lot of troubles, be it mental, emotional or physical during this period of time.

2) Moon’s Mahadasha (10 years)

If Moon is in the form of a trine, or is in the Kendra or is in the 11th House you would prosper since Moon is also one of the lagna. Vimshottari Dasha in a favorable position in Moon creates enormous wealth and mental health during this point of time.

There would be mental derangement, depression and loss of wealth and status when Moon is malefic to your position.

3) Mar’s Mahadasha (7 years)

Mars when in favour can give you victory over your enemy, it can increase your capacity to fight back or struggle. It can definitely make you fearsome and daring by nature. Vimshottari Dasha in Mars brings the below results.

When Mars is weak, it impacts different elements differently.

  1. a) For Airy signs you run the fear of air crash, storms and hurricanes.
  2. b) For Fire signs you run the fear of burn injuries, fire, electric shot, gunshots.
  3. c) For earth signs you might have to face an earthquake, accident in mines and collapse of houses and fall during this time.
  4. d) For water signs you might run the risk of drowning.

4) Mercury’s Mahadasha (17 years)

Mercury when favorable can bring you a lot of mental peace and happiness.

Mercury when not favorable can cause mental losses, loss of wealth, theft, fire and many more such things.

5) Jupiter’s Mahadasha (16 years)

During Jupiter’s period, you might become a philosopher, a Yogi, an adviser or a teacher.

If Jupiter is malefic, you might face a lot of worries, you might experience an unclean mind and millions of misfortunes.

6) Venus’s Mahadasha (20 years)

When Venus is in a good position, or either in trine or Kendra or in the 11th House, a person might become an artist, or a poet, musician, actor and many more.

When Venus is in an inferior position, humans might get addicted to wine, or might receive trouble from females, might have professional disturbances and also sexual distress during this period of time. Separation of near and dear ones is often on the cards.

7) Saturn’s Mahadasha (19 years)

All you can say about Vimshottari Dasha of Saturn is that when it is favorable or is positioned strongly in your horoscope, or is in the centre or in trine or in the 11th House, you will gain immensely and undoubtedly. His hard work would be regarded, his distress will find happiness and the downtrodden people like the Negros, Harijans, farmers, and the low castes would gain immensely from Saturn’s presence. Gain of wealth and name is just some of the gains that come from Saturn’s presence in your charts.

If Saturn is not favorable, or is ill placed in your charts alongside Rahu/Ketu/Mars, then it would give you bad results. Some of you will be tricked; some would lose wealth and mental clarity. You might suffer from various diseases which might even cause loss of life. However, with Saturn your daily work matters. If you’re capable of bringing changes to your work pattern or your purposes then there is a chance that Saturn might let you live. Even though you may struggle but nothing would be that fatal for you.

8) Ketu’s Mahadasha (7 years)

Moksha or liberation comes with Ketu. When placed appropriately there might be gains in your happiness and you might have gains from all fronts. You are favored by kings, and children bring happiness and joy in your life.

If Neptune is weak, you are subjected to backbiting, vicious malintention, assassinations and much more, in-a-way liberation but in the form of death often causing losses for others.

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9) Rahu’s Mahadasha (18 years)

With Rahu, humans have known to have had sudden gains. Sudden gain of power, money, recognition, or even pilgrimages happens when Rahu is benefic.

When Rahu is malefic there are sufferings, illness, imprisonment, deaths, exile and all forms of ill may find abode in you when Rahu is malefic for you.

Now, let us see what each House would bring for you when the Mahadasha affects a particular House.


Good effects of Mahadasha

Bad Effects of Mahadasha

Vimshottari Dasha in First House

High position, health, prosperity.

Ill health, mental worries, fear of imprisonment

Vimshottari Dasha in Second House

Success in speech, good food, growth in the number of family members

Eye trouble, king’s wrath, fall in the position

Vimshottari Dasha in Third House

Gain in courage and honour, sibling cooperation, though bad for finances

Misunderstanding with near and dear ones, secret enemies come up, humiliation and loss of pride.

Vimshottari Dasha in Fourth House

Higher status & wealth, agricultural land gain and also higher status

Prone to sufferings, accidents can occur, unhappiness & disturbance within one’s home.

Vimshottari Dasha in Fifth House

Good education, new births at home, spiritual gain, political success

Sickness, failure in exams, irreligious actions that lead to more worries.

Vimshottari Dasha in Sixth House

Poverty, humiliation, loss of cattle, pets and also jobs at some point.

Good results where native will have control over the enemies. Wealth & prosperity would be on the rise.

Vimshottari Dasha in Seventh House

Marriage would be on the cards, will gain new clothes would be praised for their truthfulness. It removes the Manglik dosha, putra dosha & Vishkanya dosha.

Death of spouse, separation from loved ones, earning would come in the bad way, would lead a lonely life & would have a loss of partnership.

Vimshottari Dasha in Eighth House

Ill health, distress, sorrow, hopelessness, insatiable physical desires

Gain in business, the native would become debt free, quarrels would settle successfully during this time.

Vimshottari Dasha in Ninth House

Native would become a historical figure, good status, name & fame can be achieved

Enemies would overpower, native would become quarrelsome, can gain disrespect from society

Vimshottari Dasha in Tenth House

Good status, power, prosperous time and gain of name & wealth.

When ill placed can bring disrespectful decline, distress, set back in career.

Vimshottari Dasha in Eleventh House

Continuous flow of money and prosperity, gains from elders & servants

Trouble, loss, misery and disrespect

Vimshottari Dasha in Twelfth House

Diseases, slavery, may suffer abroad

Native would do good and meritorious deeds during this time

To conclude, we can say that now we know how Vimshottari Dasha can do good or bad according to their needs. You just have to ensure that you know which planet is responsible for the Vimshottari Mahadasha and which House of yours is impacted by it. This is all about Vimshottari Mahadasha so you can now try and analyze your position and condition either by carefully reviewing your surroundings or by consulting an astrologer. We have tried explaining “what is Vimshottari Dasha?” Either ways, you can control yourself in those areas which might impact you the most. Hopefully this knowledge would help you through your span of Dasha successfully.

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